Amanda Chudoba, Canadian shooter, wins gold in trap

Canada's Amanda Chudoba won the gold medal in women's trap shooting at the Pan Am Games on Monday.

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Canada's Amanda Chudoba won gold in the trap shooting event on Monday afternoon. (London Free Press)

Amanda Chudoba won the gold medal in women's trap shooting Monday at the Pan American Games.

Chudoba, from Spruce Grove, Alta., won the gold in a shoot-off after finishing the championship round tied at 11 with American Kayle Browning.

Browning hit her last nine targets to force the shoot-off, but Chudoba hit both of her extra targets while Browning missed her second one.

"I just jumped on the target a little bit, trying to rush the round to get it over faster and missed a few targets," said Chudoba, who missed three of her last five shots. "But in the end it all turned out all right."

It was Canada's second shooting gold of the Games. Calgary's Lynda Kiejko won the women's 10-metre air pistol on Sunday.

Like Kiejko, Chudoba comes from a long line of shooters.

"All my family shoots," she said. "I started to shoot because my great uncle and grandfather shot, then my dad got into it and he got me into it and then I got my husband into it."

Chudoba's Pan Am gold earned a spot for Canada in women's trap shooting at the 2016 Rio Games.

"It feels great," she said. "We came up short (for the 2012 London Games) and it was unpleasant to miss out on that."

Kimberley Bowers of the U.S. beat Ana Latorre of Puerto Rico in shoot-off to claim bronze.


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